The 2 major types of arthritis are Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and is the result of daily wear and tear of the joints from aging. The once-smooth sliding surface of our weight bearing joints such as the back, hip, knee, spine become rough resulting in friction and ultimately pain. Initially, the condition may start with a minor dull pain–similar to a toothache–while walking but soon the pain may eventually worsen and become continuous and even debilitating.
Rheumatoid Arthritis is thought to be an Autoimmune Disease where for some unknown reason, the body’s own immune system begins to attack body tissues. This often results in damage to the finger, wrist, elbow joint linings and cartilages which lead to swelling, stiffness, pain and even deformity.
There is currently no cure for arthritis and the common western treatment methods include: